The good news is that Sacramento's midtown area will get some new housing. A city that is going very green and ready to ban plastic shopping bags is in the process of some serious urban infill. The new housing complex will be Sacramento's largest to be built without a public subsidy. The bad news is that this will be a high-end, six story complex with apartments going for $1,700 to $3,500 per month. According to an Aug. 25 Sacramento Bee article, most apartments will have two bedrooms and bathrooms, with the largest units measuring 1,700 square feet.
Bay Miry, of lead developer D&S Development, said, "We're trying to target people with some spending power. The empty nesters and the people tired of suburbia who still want some space."
The apartment building will be called the 16 Powerhouse building. The project is located at the corner of 16th and P Streets, which faces Fremont Park. This is an area that hosts many restaurants and housing developments. Two restaurants are vying for spots inside the apartment complex. They are Insight Coffee Roasters, a coffee house and Orchid Thai restaurant of Lincoln. There is one more opening for a business to be announced later.
There will be housing opportunities for those who need more economical housing. Sacramento’s 16th street corridor is expected to become the most densely populated area in the city, which has been spreading out to the north. Three housing complexes will help to keep costs reasonable. A publicly funded apartment building is in progress one block to the north on 16th Street. The Fremont apartment building is already built. It is also on 16th Street. One more housing development is planned for the corner of 16th and N streets.
Also, McKinley Village is in the proposal stage. According to an Aug. 22 article in the Sacramento Bee, McKinley Village is another massive complex that would infill 48 acres that lie north of McKinley Park. There is some resistance to this project, however, as some existing residents do not want more urban infill. This will be a classic battle between those who want the area to stay less populated and those who want to make better use of Sacramento's land.
This is good news for a growing metro complex like Sacramento. Since the Sacramento River levees have been brought up to 100 year flood protection levels, the vast croplands to the north can now be zoned for more suburban sprawl. It is good to know that urban infill will attract people who favor a vibrant, functioning city. The urban infill will also help to clean up the air quality when residents can bike or walk to shopping and dining destinations.